Isla Contoy

Isla Contoy is a small island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres.[2][3] The island is only 8.5 km (5.3 mi) in length and has an area of 3.17 square kilometres (1.22 sq mi).

Isla Contoy
IUCN category II (national park)
LocationIsla Contoy, Isla Mujeres Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Coordinates21°30′23″N 86°47′54″W
EstablishedFebruary, 1998
Governing bodySecretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources
Official nameParque Nacional Isla Contoy
Designated27 November 2003
Reference no.1323[1]

Since 1961, Isla Contoy is protected by the Mexican government and was declared a national park in February 1998. The island is jointly run by the Isla Mujeres-based non-governmental organization, Amigos de Isla Contoy A.C. and the Secretary of Environment, Natural Resources and Fishing (SEMARNAT).

Supervised eco-tourism and regulated commercial fishing is allowed on and near the island. Only a few tour companies have permission to bring the only at maximum 200 daily visitors to Isla Contoy. Visitors need to apply for permission to visit the island at the park offices in Isla Mujeres or Cancún.

Four species of turtle find a safe haven for nesting on the beaches of the island, namely the loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, and the leatherback turtle. The reserve is also a sanctuary to approximately 152 tropical marine birds, like the frigate bird, brown pelican, and the double-crested cormorant.


  1. "Parque Nacional Isla Contoy". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. Galindo de Prince, Catalina. "Information about Isla Contoy". Amigos de Isla Contoy. Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. "Visit Isla Contoy". Islas Mujeres Tour. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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